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2018 Speakers

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Peter Ebert
SVP Sales and Business Development
Cryptowerk

Highly experienced software executive applying a unique combination of agile business acumen, design thinking, deep technical proficiency and inspirational leadership. Specialized in enterprise grade blockchain solutions, digital transformation, and mobile/cloud SaaS. Leading sales and business development for Cryptowerk Corp. Prior to joining Cryptowerk Corp and co-founding vtricity, served at SAP SE for 13 years most recently as VP of Experience Design and Innovation in the distinguished Corporate Consulting and Design Services Teams under SAP CEOs Hasso Plattner and Henning Kagermann. Also served in the Motorola Research Visionary Board and as an inaugural coach at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. Holds a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Technical University Munich. Cryptowerk Corp is a Silicon Valley based startup envisioning a future where trust is built into every product, process and transaction. In the healthcare space, Cryptowerk has been closely collaborating with major brands and industry consortia that are looking to apply blockchain in an interoperable, industry scalable, easy to implement, and future proof way.

Day Two

Thursday October 25, 2018

10.20 | How to Securely Share Data with Many Untrusted Trading Partners - And Make a Profit

Thomas Pizzuto
Global Process Owner, Product Serialization & Traceability
Johnson & Johnson

Thomas has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. As Global Process Owner for Product Serialization and Traceability at Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain, he is teaming with colleagues to institutionalize product serialization and traceability. His work includes process standardization, Internet of Things and Blockchain. Prior to joining J&J Supply Chain, Thomas was vice president for a leading electronic pedigree provider and was director of RFID Technology and Strategies at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Thomas currently represents Johnson & Johnson as a member of the Pharmaceutical Distribution Security Alliance. Past roles include co-chair of the Item Level Tagging Joint Requirements Group for EPCglobal and a member of its Healthcare Life Sciences Business Action Group. He was also steering committee chairman of HDMA's "RX Safe Track"; and the technology team lead for PhRMA’s Secure Supply Chain initiative. Thomas holds a BA from Williams College; an MBA from Fordham University; and an MS from Temple University, School of Pharmacy

Day One

Wednesday October 24, 2018

14.10 | Collaboration vs Competition: Reviewing the Consortium Approach

Peter Bryant
Chief Operating Officer
FarmaTrust

As COO of FarmaTrust, Peter is planning, coordinating and managing the company’s strategic business operations towards achieving the vision and mission of protecting the vulnerable by eliminating deadly counterfeit medications on a global scale. Before joining the board of FarmaTrust, Peter has successfully created and grown businesses, realised value through trade sales and been involved in a Management Buy In (MBI) of Guardian IT which later resulted in a full market flotation on the London Stock Exchange. He is familiar with obligations of operating a company, directors duties and holds a number of Chairman and Non-executive directorships of technology companies.

Day Two

Thursday October 25, 2018

12.15 | Serialization - Overhead or Opportunity?

Melanie Nuce
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
GS1

As Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Melanie Nuce leads a team that investigates new technologies, partnerships and business opportunities to increase the relevance and reach of GS1 Standards. Drawing on her extensive background in retail technology, Ms. Nuce oversees the exploration of collaboration opportunities to help businesses leverage emerging technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, and machine learning. Previously, Ms. Nuce was the Vice President, Corporate Development, managing a pipeline of opportunities where GS1 Standards help drive business process efficiencies and innovation. Prior to that, she was Vice President, Apparel and General Merchandise at GS1 US, leading the GS1 US Apparel & General Merchandise Initiative, a retail industry group focused on improving inventory accuracy, exchanging standardized product data and achieving source to store supply chain visibility. Before joining GS1 US, Ms. Nuce was the director of retail industry marketing at GXS (now OpenText) and also served as a global product manager for both supply chain visibility and data synchronization applications at GXS. Ms. Nuce also spent several years in various supply chain and consulting roles, with an emphasis on business-to-business relationships, electronic data interchange (EDI) implementation and warehouse automation projects. Ms. Nuce is active in the ongoing development of global standards and is a frequent speaker at educational seminars and industry tradeshows. She has presented at the National Retail Federation’s BIG Show, Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Edge, and the APICS Annual Conference. She is a frequent resource on retail and supply chain technology topics for media outlets such as Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.

Day Two

Thursday October 25, 2018

09.40 | Leveraging Blockchain to Capture & Standardize Data Movements to Improve Traceability

16.15 | Chair Closing Remarks

09.00 | Opening Remarks

Daniel Fritz
Supply Chain Domain Architect
Novartis

Dan is the Supply Chain Domain Architect at Novartis, responsible for IT standards and architecture direction as well as evaluation of emerging technologies. He has been at Novartis since 2002. He has 25 years of leadership and supply chain IT experience including the US Military, IT consulting, pharmaceutical manufacturing and global supply systems. He holds a B.S. from USMA and an MBA from Duke Fuqua.

Day One

Wednesday October 24, 2018

17.10 | Chair's Closing Remarks

08.30 | Chair’s Opening Remarks

Day Two

Thursday October 25, 2018

13.25 | Case Study Two: Blockchain for Third Party Risk Management

Daniel Hwang
Strategic Analytics
Genentech

Daniel Hwang studied Biology and religion at Swarthmore College, Computer Science at the University of Maryland in College Park, and studies Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University. His introduction to blockchain and cryptocurrencies began when he started mining Bitcoin and Dogecoin in 2013. He is interested in the overlap between the healthcare sectors and blockchain. At Genentech, he has worked on technical architecture ideations for ophthalmology data sharing protocols utilizing Ocean Protocol. He has also worked on blockchain proof of concepts for sample management supply chain solutions using hyperledger fabric. He currently leads the IEEE Workstream on Blockchain based Health Data and Quality Scoring which is formed from individuals in the blockchain industry, regulatory sectors, and healthcare sector. His interests include blockchain based identity, security protocols, bioinformatics, metagenomics, digital inclusion, and relief work.

Day Two

Thursday October 25, 2018

11.40 | Case Study One: Blockchain for Biomarker Operations Supply Chain Management

11.00 | Panel Discussion: Reaching Consensus on Data Sharing & Governance Within Blockchain Ecosystems

Dan Vaught
Director and Principal Architect - Technology Innovation
Cardinal Health

Dan Vaught, Director and Principal Architect, leads Cardinal Health’s Technology Innovation program to research and apply disruptive technologies. His responsibilities include support for Cardinal Health’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Supply Chains, Specialty, Commercial Sales, Manufacturing, and Corporate lines of business.   Dan serves as Cardinal Health’s Blockchain subject matter expert working with legal, finance, technology and business owners to implement blockchain solutions across the healthcare industry.

Day One

Wednesday October 24, 2018

14.40 | How Should the Pharma Industry Forge a New Collaborative Path to Adoption?

Day Two

Thursday October 25, 2018

15.05 | Panel Discussion: Towards the Future: Industry-wide Implementation

Jeff Denton
Sr. Director, Global Secure Supply Chain
AmerisourceBergen

Senior Director, IT Global Secure Supply Chain at AmerisourceBergen Corporation. With over 35 years of experience in the wholesale distribution business, Jeff has held positions of increasing responsibility in finance, procurement, contracts and chargebacks as well as Information Technology. Over the last 13 years, I have been very involved in a variety of aspects around the supply chain security initiative. In addition, he has participated in numerous standards-activities within HDA and GS1. My current responsibilities at ABC include Enterprise IT solutions for AmerisourceBergen’s Global Secure Supply Chain program. I am the IT lead and key liaison across all of the various business units – aligning implementation with standardization. Additionally, I have worked extensively with industry surrounding Secure Supply Chain and Industry Standards, including active participation in GS1 US EPCIS Standards, Healthcare Leadership role with GS1 Global, US HDA Standards and Traceability working groups, GS1 GSMP, and GS1 Industry Executive Steering Committee Leadership position.

Day One

Wednesday October 24, 2018

12.30 | Managing the Transformational Change to Avoid Disruption

11.45 | Panel Discussion: Identifying Opportunities for Blockchain Within the Pharma Supply Chain: Leveraging its Potential

Thomas Endress
Director New Business Builder
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Dr. Thomas Endress is heading a technology start-up at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. This digital venture builds on the companies’ performance materials business and leverages the security materials portfolio for IoT and T&T solutions in Pharma, Life Science and other safety-oriented industries. A novel combination of security materials, cryptography and specific types of Blockchain technologies are at the center of a solution that is intended to become a new business for the company. Thomas brings extensive business and technology expertise and is inventor of core technologies behind this Blockchain real world use-case.  The last 10 years Thomas worked as corporate executive exclusively in strategy and business development e.g. as Director Group Strategy at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and as Director New Business Areas at Carl Zeiss Group. He started his career in management consulting, holds a Diploma in Physical Chemistry and Computer Sciences and a PhD from the University Munich in Quantum-Optics.

Susanne Somerville
Head of Pharma Solutions
Chronicled

Susanne Somerville  manages Pharma Solutions for Chronicled, focusing on blockchain and IoT based solutions for innovative improvements in supply chain in life sciences. Chronicled's goal is to connect the physical world with the digital world.  She brings over 25 years of pharmaceutical, biotech, and supply chain experience. Susanne was most recently the Vice President of Supply Chain, North America, for Genentech.

Day One

Wednesday October 24, 2018

08.40 | Opening Keynote: Utilizing the Potential of Blockchain to Transform the Pharma Supply Chain

Day Two

Thursday October 25, 2018

15.05 | Panel Discussion: Towards the Future: Industry-wide Implementation

Stan Swigoda
Director, IT Business Partner Managed Markets and Decision Support
GlaxoSmithKline

Responsible for establishing strategies and projects covering numerous financial, contracting and compliance systems for the US Pharmaceuticals division of GSK. Researching blockchain and related technologies for the past 2 years during which potential use cases have been identified and a few pursued with vendors and trading partners. Have also been extensively involved in examining the non-technical changes which blockchain and distributed platforms could require in the areas of governance, data security, and business process change.

Day Two

Thursday October 25, 2018

13.55 | Case Study Three: Blockchain for Saleable Returns

11.00 | Panel Discussion: Reaching Consensus on Data Sharing & Governance Within Blockchain Ecosystems

Bob Celeste
Founder
Center for Supply Chain Studies

Bob’s deep understanding and knowledge of the healthcare supply chain, including current standards and technologies, is unparalleled. His ability to harness his expertise and innovate around the complexities of track & trace implementation, serialization and regulatory compliance, has made him a trusted industry partner. Along with his work with both State and Federal Regulators, Bob often serves as an advisor to the FDA, State Boards of Pharmacy and other governing organizations. Most recently he was tapped as an advisor to the USAID and international regulators on the identification and tracking of drugs and medical supplies. Celeste launched the Center for Supply Chain Studies in 2015 to continue his practice of utilizing strategic simulations to address the challenges and demands of the supply chain. HIs expertise extends across many industries, including Pharmaceutical, Consumer Goods, Fresh Foods, Aerospace, Automotive, Specialty Chemicals and others. Prior to founding the Center, Bob was Sr. Director at GS1 US where he worked with industry on standards-based, item-level traceability and was the lead in developing the first DSCSA implementation guideline.

Day Two

Thursday October 25, 2018

09.10 | Keynote: The Story So Far – Achieving Real World Application of Blockchain in the Pharma Supply Chain

Dean Croke
Chief Analytics Officer
Blockchain in Transport Alliance

Prior to joining FreightWaves as Chief Analytics Officer, Dean was Vice President of Data Products at Spireon where he headed up the development of new high-frequency telematics data products in the trucking, passenger automotive and insurance markets. Dean also ran Lancer’s long-haul truck insurance business after spending many years as Vice President of Omnitracs Analytics (formerly Qualcomm) where he developed Data Science technologies including machine learning, complex business rules engines and data analytics for transportation companies. Croke was one of the original founders of Atlanta-based FleetRisk Advisors (purchased by Qualcomm and now called now Omnitracs Analytics) and has 35 years of experience in data analytics, transportation, supply chain management, mining and insurance risk management. Originally from a family-owned and operated trucking business in Australia, Dean is still actively involved in the trucking business and having completed nearly 2 million miles in Australia as a long-distance truck driver, Croke also owns a 379 Peterbilt show truck known as “The Grumpy Pete” and still holds a U.S. Commercial Driver License(CDL) making him uniquely experienced in the field of data science, supply chain management, risk management and human performance. Prior to FleetRisk Advisors Croke worked at Lancer Insurance in New York City in 2003 where he developed the widely acclaimed “Risk Never Sleeps” sleep management program for commercial drivers” – a unique approach to managing sleep as opposed to fatigue. Croke has held a number of senior positions at Boston-based Circadian Technologies Inc., global insurer Allianz, regional insurer OAMPS, and was also General Manager of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) where he played a key role in the development of the TruckSafe and Fatigue Management Program – both alternative compliance programs which have been evidenced in the FMCSA’s recent “Beyond Compliance” initiative.

Day One

Wednesday October 24, 2018

16.30 | Closing Keynote: Beyond Proof-of-Concept to Scalability

Jeffery Stollman
Principal Consultant
Rocky Mountain Technical Marketing

Jeff Stollman is a technology futurist who advises clients on the viability of, and strategies for, exploiting new technologies.  He has been designing blockchain solutions for clients for over three years and has four patents pending in the blockchain area. He also has a deep background in security and privacy and has assisted clients that include DoD, DHS, and NSA, as well as commercial clients such as Thomson Reuters and ITT.

Day One

Wednesday October 24, 2018

09.10 | Examining What is Needed to Meet DSCSA 2023 Legal Requirements: Is Blockchain the Answer?

Bob Amareld
Associate Director Strategic Operations & Technology
Biogen

Bob Amareld leads the Strategic Operations and Technology function for Global Procurement at Biogen.  In this role, he has led the digital transformation of procurement by bringing in technology such as automated spend analytics, E-sourcing, advanced data analysis, market intelligence, Contract Lifecycle Management along with easily searchable catalogs and spot buy services. He has also created 3 distinct Centers of Excellence supporting Biogen globally, which include our BPO Buying Desk COE, our CLM COE along with our Advanced E-sourcing COE.  These digital transformation activities and strategic off-shoring initiatives have supported and enabled Biogen's procurement team to achieve savings totaling over $500MM in just 3 years. Additionally, Bob has diverse experience in Procurement, Sourcing, Biomedical and Process Engineering, Intellectual Property Law, Technology Transfer and R&D. He has Masters degrees in Business and Biomedical Engineering from UNC and Johns Hopkins respectively.

Day One

Wednesday October 24, 2018

11.45 | Panel Discussion: Identifying Opportunities for Blockchain Within the Pharma Supply Chain: Leveraging its Potential

Mercina Tillemann
Chief Operating Officer
Global Blockchain Business Council

Mercina Tillemann serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC). Experienced in strategic planning and communications, she has spent her career translating complex ideas for broad audiences in the public and private sectors. Mercina has advised state and national governments and fortune 100 companies on issues surrounding technology and public health. An expert in blockchain technology, Mercina works with corporations and governments to identify relevant applications for the technology; she speaks regularly about the technology around the world – from the G20 Summit to the Spring Meetings of the World Bank and IMF – the European Parliament to the U.N.’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Mercina has worked in the offices of the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and for the Human Rights Commission of the U.S. Congress. While working with Janssen’s Global Public Health Group, she drafted congressional testimony, authored publications and spearheaded multiple public information initiatives. She holds a degree in Bioethics, Political Science and Law from Yale University.

Day One

Wednesday October 24, 2018

09.50 | From Conversation to Action: Gaining Buy-In for Blockchain Investment

Ankur Maheshwari
CEO
Techracers

Ankur is a technologist who has the vision to humanize the decentralized world with amassed knowledge and understanding of blockchain technology. Being an accomplished techpreneur who holds more than a decade worth of experience in developing first-generation software products, he has seen many technologies come and go. He embraces Techracers’ forward- thinking and blockchain-oriented mission by concentrating on strategic partnerships and institutional alliances. He seeks to reinvent the legacy healthcare systems and help organizations accelerate their product go-to-market strategy with respect to blockchain frameworks and solution accelerators.

Day One

Wednesday October 24, 2018

15.20 | TAG, TRACE ,TRACK and TRADE- Digitizing the Value Chain with Blockchain

John Bass
Founder & CEO
Hashed Health

John Bass is the Founder and CEO of Hashed Health, a healthcare blockchain innovation firm focused on building the new digital infrastructure for healthcare.  John has over 20 years of experience in healthcare technology with expertise in building shared operating systems that promote trust, transparency, and incentives alignment across health value chains.  Since 2015 John has been a leading voice in the development of the global healthcare blockchain market.  John is an internationally recognized speaker on value-based care, blockchain and decentralized healthcare technology.  He was recently named 2017 Innovator of the Year by the Nashville Technology Council  for his work building decentralized products at Hashed Health, and was also recently awarded top blockchain developer in an unbiased report from Black Book. At Hashed Health, John’s team focuses on blockchain solutions development in the pharma value chain with a focus on value-based contracting and next-generation marketplaces. Prior to Hashed Health, John was CEO at InVivoLink, a care management start-up which sold to HCA in 2015.  John’s experience also includes healthcare B2B startup empactHealth.com which was acquired by Medibuy / Global Healthcare Exchange.  John is a native of Nashville and has a Chemistry degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Day Two

Thursday October 25, 2018

15.05 | Panel Discussion: Towards the Future: Industry-wide Implementation

Marco Cuomo
Senior Digital Solutions Architect
Novartis

Marco is a senior Digital Solutions Architect, responsible for exploring, engineering and implementing new technologies such as Blockchain, IoT and API Management. He has been with Novartis since 2005. For the last two years, his focus has been on Blockchain and exploring various use cases for Pharma. He began his career as a programmer in 1988 and has held various positions of increasing responsibilities in software development, engineering, operations, service management and solution design.

Day One

Wednesday October 24, 2018

14.10 | Collaboration vs Competition: Reviewing the Consortium Approach

Day Two

Thursday October 25, 2018

13.25 | Case Study Two: Blockchain for Third Party Risk Management

Joe Lipari
Director of Cloud Products
Systech

Joe Lipari is the Director of Cloud Products for Systech International and product manager for the UniTrace cloud based traceability and serialization solution.  Joe is skilled at communicating complex technical topics to c-level as well as technical listeners. Computer Science / Information Systems degreed by education, Joe has worked at Systech International for a career spanning over 15 years.  In 2003 he began his tenure installing vision and serialization systems on packaging lines for all major pharma companies.  Joe has served in roles spanning engineering and management of global teams in the serialization and supply chain areas.  Most currently, in the Director role, is responsible for the go to market strategy and product roadmap for the UniTrace product. Joe has spoken at many industry events including IQPC, Pack Expo, Interphex, and Systech Uniquity and is published in industry journals such as Pharmaceutical Commerce and the European Pharmaceutical Review.

Day One

Wednesday October 24, 2018

11.15 | Exploring Blockchain Enabled Brand Protection – Across the Supply Chain

Joseph Pindar
Co-Founder
Trusted IOT Alliance

Day Two

Thursday October 25, 2018

11.00 | Panel Discussion: Reaching Consensus on Data Sharing & Governance Within Blockchain Ecosystems

Wes Bolton
Digital Supply Chain Tech
GlaxoSmithKline

Wes has led strategic initiatives that matched technology, process and best practice to add value and savings for the company in R&D, Finance and the Global Manufacturing Supply Chain.  His BI process focus includes supporting Distribution, Warehousing, Packaging, Cost to Serve, Planning, Compliance and Exec Performance Management. He is a passionate advocate for self-serve and guided analytics, data provisioning solutions, Agile and DevOps methods as well as Tech Driver leader for Blockchain, UX & AI Machine Learning

Day One

Wednesday October 24, 2018

11.45 | Panel Discussion: Identifying Opportunities for Blockchain Within the Pharma Supply Chain: Leveraging its Potential